Team India do not have real World Cup trophy?

Updated: Apr 04, 2011, 18:01 PM IST

Mumbai: The Indian cricket players can`t seem to put it down but the World Cup trophy they have with them is actually just a replica as the original is still lying with the customs.

"The original is lying with the Customs," said a BCCI sources without elaborating.

When contacted Customs sources, however, said the Cup was with them for non-payment of duty of 35 per cent of the original value.

"We will release it after payment of 35 per cent customs duty after its valuation," they said.

The Cup, meanwhile, has been in the forefront of the celebrations by the entire Indian nation with players even posing with it along with President Pratibha Patil at the Raj Bhavan yesterday.

The captain of the winning team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been photographed and caught on television cameras carrying the replica to the iconic Gateway of India opposite the team hotel yesterday.

Man of the Tournament, Yuvraj Singh, has been kissing the replica repeatedly in delight.

However, an official statement issued by the ICC has claimed that the trophy is real and not a replica.